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InvenTeam Initiative to Cultivate High School Student Creativity

From The Foundation Center's Philanthropy News Digest:

Created by the Lemelson-MIT Program, the InvenTeam initiative provides opportunities for high school students to cultivate their creativity, curiosity, and problem-solving abilities and apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects to invent technological solutions to real-world problems.

Teach For America Gets $1M Grant for STEM Teacher Recruitment

Lincoln Financial Foundation has awarded Teach for America a one-million-dollar grant over three years to expand efforts to recruit teachers of STEM subjects.  Teach For America is the national corps of recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunit

7-12 Math and Science Grants

Teachers: you have nearly one month left to apply for a Toshiba America Foundation 7-12 Math and Science Grant.  Grants average $9,500 - $17,000, and cover math, science/environment, and technology program areas.  From the Toshiba America Foundation website: "The mission of Toshiba America Foundation is to promote quality science and mathematics education in U.S. schools. Grants are made for programs and activities that improve teaching and learning in science and mathematics, grades K-12.

Cool STEM Summer Research Program for Teachers

Teachers: get your applications in now for the Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) program! Run by The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education, the program is an all-expense-paid experience aimed at improving STEM teaching. Over the summer, the 40 teachers selected will work in small groups with teams of scientists on projects ranging from biological systems to sustainable energy.

UMass-Lowell Wins $1.6M Grant for STEM Teacher Prep

As part of Massachusetts' Race to the Top initiative, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell will receive $1.6 million to support teacher preparation in STEM subjects.  The grant will be given over three years, and will impact 250 teachers in the university's teacher preparation program.  According to UMass-Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan, “Th

Intel Schools of Distinction Awards Honor Science and Math Excellence


The 2012 Intel Schools of Distinction Application process is now open!  The deadline for applying is Feb. 23, 2012.  From Intel's web site:

STEM Projects Vying for Piece of $150 Million "I3" Pie

More than 160 STEM-related proposals -- adding up to $737 million in requested funding -- are in the running to claim a slice of the $150 million in federal aid available through second round of the Investing in Innovation ("I3") program.  The first round of funding resulted in 49 I3 grants divvying up $650 million.

New Project Provides Funds for "DIY Garage Scientists"

In an announcement made at Stanford University last week, Peter Thiel, PayPal founder-turned "creative" philanthropist, described his latest project, called Breakout Labs. According to Fast Company, Breakout Labs "would grant $50,000 to $350,000 in funding to 'entrepreneurial' scientists -- those completely independent of typical research institutions -- for very early projects that may even be pre-proof of concept."  Sounds like just the sort of challenge for which science fair alums are uniquely prepared!

See Thiel's announcement here:

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